Global retail giant Walmart Inc announced its support to leverage resources for India’s battle against the second wave of COVID-19. According to a recent statement by Walmart on Friday, April 30, the Walmart Foundation along with Flipkart, PhonePe will collaborate to counter the medical-grade oxygen shortage and support the nationwide vaccination drive. Walmart will donate up to 20 oxygen-generating plants and 20 cryogenic containers for oxygen storage and transportation, and over 3,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders for delivering oxygen therapy to the patients at home or in the hospitals.
The equipments will be sourced globally and donated to the hospitals and NGOs in India for distribution. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are also committed to funding additional 2,500 oxygen concentrators as part of the US-India Business Council and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum’s joint relief effort.
The Walmart Foundation is donating Rs 148.2 million to support various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India and a total of around Rs 74.1 million will be allocated through the Walmart Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The other Rs 74.1 million will be allocated to GIVE Foundation Inc to support GiveIndia’s COVID response fund, which will support the physical infrastructure and equipment for the medical sector in India, prioritizing the most impacted and vulnerable communities.
“We feel called to bring our resources to bear in times of crisis, and this moment is no different. We are working hard to combine Walmart’s global capabilities and Flipkart’s distribution network to ensure vital oxygen and supplies are made available to those who need them the most. Our hearts are with everyone in India, ” said Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart Inc.
Meanwhile, Indian e-commerce major Flipkart – acquired by Walmart in 2018, is partnering with GiveIndia to raise funds to provide critical medical supplies such as oxygen, PPE kits, hand sanitizers, etc. for healthcare workers in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
Additionally, Walmart Canada will support relief efforts through the Canadian Red Cross India COVID-19 Response Appeal, to fund ambulance and transport services for patients, quarantine isolation centers, and other such